Tossing and turning at night and watching the clock inch hour to hour until the sky turns pale? Sleepless and bleary-eyed in the morning?
As stress mounts, we lose our ability to let go and relax into our soft pillows at night.
Self-care routines that provide lasting beauty, adequate shut-eye should be at the top of your list. It’s as vital as food and shelter! Without enough sleep, we deprive our body and mind of the ability to function optimally, and our ojas, responsible for the foundation of our immune system, become depleted. Plus, our body is not given the proper time needed to detoxify and repair, both crucial to maintaining that healthy glow.
Try these refreshing Ayurveda rituals for a quick respite.
Meditation allows the mind to intentionally let go of any stress from the day while cultivating inner joy and peace. Try listening to a guided Yoga Nidra meditation to help the body and mind drift off to sleep. Journaling can also be a helpful way to move thoughts out of the mind. Try writing down things that you are grateful for to end each day on a positive note.
Give yourself an Abhyanga Massage:
Oil the body through the practice of Abhyanga, a traditional Ayurvedic self-massage offered with warm oil to cleanse the lymphatic system, calm the nervous system, and hydrate the skin.
This loving ritual is traditionally offered in the mornings, but can also be a beautiful way to nourish and ground yourself, relieving any tension leftover from your busy day. Pair with your evening bath.
Use slow, long, heavy strokes and calming herbal-infused body oils to support your ultimate sleep goals.
Love Your Feet:
Massaging some grapeseed or almond oil into the soles of your feet for ten minutes at night can not only help to relieve the stress from your day, but your feet are also major absorption points of the body.
Make for yourself Turmeric Milk:
Do you know Turmeric Milk is considered a soothing and healing drink? Our grandmoms advocated Turmeric Milk as the nectar of life as a cup at night will ensure a restful sleep!!
Try Asili’s Turmeric Golden Milk Mix– a blend of plant-based ingredients (Organic Turmeric with cardamom, fennel, and ginger) for overall wellness which helps in boosting immunity, protects against chronic diseases, lowers blood pressure, and may also help to combat all the allergies and reactions that rising pollution, high stress and changing seasons can bring .
Although tempting, resist immediately incorporating this entire list tonight, as you don’t want to overwhelm your evening. Remember, this is about relaxing the body, not pushing yourself to do more in your day.